Meanwhile, Meadows vowed to hold his ground.
"If there is a real plan to make sure we can accomplish it through some other means, I'm willing to look at that," he said. But he said it must involve "at least delaying" the implementation of Obamacare.
If it doesn't, he is willing to buck his leadership and oppose any bill he doesn't think goes far enough.
He admits some will have to take "some tough votes" to take. But for him he's right where his constituents want him to be.
"It's a safe place for me to be," Meadows said.
Meadows rejected the idea that he is adding to the gridlock in Washington. He said Washington politicians have lost their way, but it's not because of their inability to compromise.
"Pragmatism has been at the cost of principle and principle has been at the cost of pragmatism," he said.
Still, Meadows asserted that he is willing to compromise with the Democrats.
"My ultimate success will be viewed by whether there is something we can accomplish," he said.